Stop Preaching to the Choir

The Israeli Government has asked us all to help spread the truth about Israel. At INN, we have tried to give you tools for Apartheid Week. The "choir" is on our side but we have to get to the others.

Marc Prowisor,

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Arutz 7

I attended at “talk” at UCLA, the last of a series regarding Israel.  This talk was given by a resident of one of the larger communities in the Shomron, , no stranger to the effort and cause of resettling our homeland, and regarded with esteem in many circles, both in Israel and among the “Choir” outside.  The audience was not large, but varied in religion, religious observance and political views.

My heart was warmed by her talk regarding our world in Yehuda and Shomron, as I know and live in the same world as she does.  The talk ended and it was time for questions, the honeymoon was over.  Obviously there was the questions from the “choir” which were answered with love and caring, but then came the questions by those whose views had already been hijacked but the “haters” among us.  This is where ignorance and arrogance reigned, on both sides.

Many of our “representatives” who speak outside of the country are simply residents, “machers”, activists - they speak with the zeal and love of a land and people that continues to be the flames of our hearts.  They represent strength and dedication, and they are responsible for having set in motion the wonderful path we are on today in
Would you infringe on someone else’s rights to assure you and your family’s safety?
our country. 

But many of them do not know is the other side.  They don’t understand how do the Arabs think, how does the Left think and why, and the problem which I saw – how do the young non-observant or non-affiliated Jews of the US think.

Simple questions were raised, regarding “Palestinian” rights to land, treatment at roadblocks, polarization in Israeli society (raised by an Israeli), and of course the “A” word- apartheid.

Each question that was raised to the speaker, or each critique of Israel, could have been easily answered with just a bit of knowledge regarding Arab history and a bit of knowledge regarding the present “PA” authority.

Instead I heard how “well we and the Arabs got along”, “how the Arabs really want us there”, and comparisons to pre-Oslo/post-Oslo conditions.

Many speakers from Israel, and for that matter our own PR from the foreign ministry often dismiss our enemy’s rhetoric, and say, “who cares what they say, we know the truth”, well they and everybody who speaks better start caring what they say, because our ignoring this subject has lead us down a path that is quite difficult today. Time to learn what the other side says and give it right back to them, both barrels!

I will not write an article defending each of the issues, mostly because I, too need to learn more.

I would like to mention just a few points. Every place in the world has its problems, and citizens ALL throughout the world have issues with security and or Police policies.  We are no worse than anywhere else, we are better, much better.  Yes, basic human rights do get violated at roadblocks, not always, but it does happen, and you know what, thank Gd.  That is the way terror is prevented. 

We have to ask ourselves and those that critique us, how far they would go to protect their families, what would they do to protect their children from harm?  Would you infringe on someone else’s rights to assure you and your
Regarding how well we get along - well we really do not get along very well any more.
family’s safety? Yes you would, because if you don’t, well, you might not stay alive.  I would suggest these “critics” check out their own local Police Station or US Armed forces before they yell at Israel.

It bothers me that those that critique and enjoy a safe and secure life take no part in the effort nor understand the sacrifices being made so that they can enjoy their “Latte” in the morning.

Regarding how well we get along - well we really do not get along very well any more, we did, but today is a different story.  One of the true crimes of Oslo, is simply we were on our way to and increasing peaceful existence with the Arabs of Judea and Samaria.  These are not my words or thoughts, the Arab leadership in Judea and Samaria at the time warned the Israeli government of the mistake of “dealing” with Arafat.  I learned this fact, not from the negotiators of the time (who know it well), but from discussions with the Arab village leadership from my own region of Shilo. 

I still remember the “Fire-fights” between the Arafat factions and the local Arab leadership of the area.  Israel made sure that Arafat would be victorious, after all, we allowed them to bring their weapons with them, and when that wasn’t enough, Shimon Peres made sure they had more.

Last, but not least, the “A” word, now that we are undergoing Apartheid Week.  I agree with those that say there is Apartheid in Israel. As long as Jews cannot live in Hevron, in Nablus, anywhere in the Land of Israel because of their religion and race, there is Apartheid.  Sorry if I offended any of you who think differently, but it’s a Jewish country, so at least here Jews should be able to live wherever they like.

The point is that no one is perfect, not even Israel, and not even we who live in Judea and Samaria, but we are doing a darn good job, better than anyone who might find themselves in the same position that we have been since our re-birth as a country.

So my advice to any of our speakers who go overseas to speak, learn more about what is going on around you, learn about both sides, you will be much prouder than ever, and you will be able to disarm and defend our people more than ever.